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Does Data need to cut his hair?

This question was directly addressed in the episode Birthright, Part 1: BASHIR Data... may I ask you a personal question? DATA Certainly. ...
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How much does Commander Data weigh?

Approximately 100 kg (= 220 lbs.) according to his 'mother'. DATA: My -- childhood? JULIANA: (laughing) That's what I called it. You were like a baby at first -- a hundred kilogram baby, but still... ...
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Why does Data have to use a computer in Star Trek?

Because it's complex and not a good idea. In "A Fistful of Datas" exactly that is tried. It resulted in a mix-up of Datas thoughts and ideas with the computers database almost crippling the ...
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Was Commander Data's potential wasted on the Enterprise?

Data was doing exactly what he wanted to do. It was his desire to be treated as a human. He wanted to be a Starfleet officer, serving with humans on a team. He did not want to be used as a tool. ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Data's lack of emotions is intentional According to Lore, Dr. Soong deliberately left many features out of Data's programming in a bid to make him less threatening to humans. LORE: It would be ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

Data did grow a beard at one point (TNG: "The Schizoid Man") so I guess he needs to cut his hair. Alternatively, he can chose when to grow the hair or the beard. After some search I found that in ...
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Why is Data so "unique", anyway?

Why is Data so “unique”? He's an android Your other example is a ship's computer, and they are absolutely huge. This is what the core of Voyager's computer looks like (from Concerning Flight) ...
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How does Data have hair?

Data has artificial hair follicles. They can (presumably) take nutrients from what he consumes and convert those into a hair-like substance. BASHIR: Does your hair grow? DATA: I can control the rate ...
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How can Data be property of Starfleet?

Salvage Law Data was found inactive on the surface of a planet that had been stripped of life. While we don't have the exact text of the Federation's version of Salvage Law, it is known from an ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

Data's hair definitely does not require trimming. In the episode "Data's Day", Data visits the barber shop while Geordi is getting his own cut. He tries out the following joke with Geordi: My ...
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What does Data's line at the end of "Ship in a Bottle" mean?

A normal holodeck actually does have physicality - or rather, it can. When a human (or other physical being) enters the Holodeck, it has to make some of the features 'solid'. From Memory Alpha's "...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

In the 7th season episode "Inheritance" we find out that Data has a modesty subroutine. When Data was first constructed, he didn't feel the need to dress because he didn't "suffer from the elements", ...
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Does Data "unlearn" things?

TL; DR - Data can forget things when deletion is justified This started as a summary, but got a bit long! Anyway, below I present evidence that Data can forget things through hardware manipulation, ...
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Do the Borg ever focus on assimilating Data in particular?

In the movie First Contact the queen actively attempts to assimilate/turn Data into a Borg, by giving him skin implants that allow him the real sensations of a biological being, thus tempting Data. ...
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How can Troi outrank Data?

Because Data was of a lower rank! Data was a Lieutenant Commander and Troi was promoted to Commander. Simply put, the ranking of Commander outranks Lieutenant Commander. Data was speaking ...
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Does Data "unlearn" things?

I doubt he would need to He certainly seems to memorize everything. From S03E03: Doctor Beverly Crusher: Could I have your names, please, just for the record? Rishon Uxbridge: I'm Rishon Uxbridge, ...
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Why did Picard not recognize this individual in the first episode of Star Trek: Picard?

It is unlikely that Dahj is a copy of Lal. Lal, introduced as Data's daughter in TNG Season 3, Episode 16 ("The Offspring"), and Dahj Asha, introduced in Picard Season 1, Episode 1 ("Remembrance") ...
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How did Data not know what Aldebaran Whiskey was?

The screen direction in the original script indicates that Data was simply unable to read the label. Since the earlier direction is that the bottle is "very old" the implication would be that the ...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

Kivas Fajo suggests that Data will probably follow the rules of decency prescribed by Starfleet training: FAJO: Oh, don't worry. The solvent won't harm your, your skin. But in seconds it will ...
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Is Data from Star Trek able to swim?

According to this conversation between Data and LaForge -- from the TNG episode, "Descent, Part II" -- no, he can't. LAFORGE: You know, Data, I've been thinking about some of the times we'...
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Did Data murder Lore?

No Let's first review the ruling from the script from TNG: 'The Measure of a Man': PHILLIPA: It sits there looking at me, and I don't know what it is. This case has dealt with metaphysics, with ...
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How was the pronunciation of Data decided?

Patrick Stewart crystallized the pronunciation during the first script reading I'm at the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas right now. Brent Spiner just revealed the answer to this ...
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Could Data have taken out Admiral Quinn?

Data is extremely strong, consider this exchange from his trial in the episode "The Measure of a Man": RIKER: Your Honour, I offer in evidence prosecution's exhibit A, a rod of par-steel. Tensile ...
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Why would Data believe in an afterlife?

The full quote from the original script for TNG: Thine Own Self is GIA : She died about a year ago. (beat) Father says that she went to a...beautiful place where everything is peaceful... where ...
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Does Data *smell*?

Main canon His breath has no smell, presumably the rest of him is much the same. TALUR: Hmmmm. Remarkable set of teeth. no sign of decay. (sniffs) Breath smells like. (puzzled) Well, it doesn't have ...
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Does Data truly care about anything whatsoever?

From the episodes Legacy and Time's Arrow, there is this quote from Data: As I experience certain sensory input patterns, my mental pathways become accustomed to them. The inputs eventually are ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

They're different tech The important thing to recognise is that these are two vastly different pieces of technology, running on quite different hardware (one a Starfleet ship's computer and Hilo-...
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How does Data know about his off switch?

Data has a suite of internal systems that allow him to check his status as well as access to high resolution body scanners. It seems highly likely that he would have intimate knowledge of his own ...
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Isn't Data a better shuttlecraft pilot than Riker?

Data is a competent pilot, but he's too risk-averse to be a great pilot. As he says in "Nemesis": Data: I will always be puzzled by the human predilection for piloting vehicles at unsafe ...
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Is Data implying that he will hurt Q?

Yes, I think Data was implying he would physically move Q out of the engineering department by force. Data will not injure somebody because of his moral programming, but he might injure them to ...
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